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Join Us for the Eighth Great Minnesota State Fair Sketchout

Above: The button for this year's sketchout. Artwork copyright 2016 by event organizer Marty Harris. Participants in the sketchout will receive a fabulous rectangular pin-backed button with Marty's great artwork. Wear it proudly at the Fair as you sketch, save it as a memento—along with the great sketches you put in your sketchbook!  It's time […]

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Summer Reading at the MCBA Visual Journal Collective

Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch with gouache. This is a quick sketch I made using colors set out for another project—forcing myself to use pigments I don't normally use. Shinola Sketchbook test journal; spread 16 x 9.5 inches. Tonight at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts the MCBA Visual Journal […]

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April Is Almost Here…

Above: I'm not the only one attracted to the odor of the sizing in Arches watercolor paper. Des had to come over and check out the stack of cut watercolor boards Monday afternoon. He is very curious. I didn't have the heart to tell him they were for a project he's not involved in. Background It’s […]

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Shift in Place: It’s Almost Time for International Fake Journal Month 2016

Today on The Official International Fake Journal Blog I've just posted about the 2016 theme: Shift in Place You can read about this year's theme at that link. April is going to be a fun month. Remember: Life's so short, why live only one?

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Project Friday: Working With Project Boundaries To Stretch Creatively

Left: A page from my 2015 fake journal. I had hoped that every page would be filled with a gouache painting like this one. But that wasn't quite what happened. Read today's post to see what did happen, and why that was the best possible outcome. (Gouache on Stonehenge gray.)   Sometimes having too many […]

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The Seventh Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out is TOMORROW—Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Above: A quick sheep sheering sketch I made on Thursday, the opening day of the Fair. I went to hear my friend Charlie Maguire sing, but of course I got a lot of sketching done too. (I'm testing Pigma Sensei Pens here, with Schmincke watercolors, on TH Saunders/Waterford 140 lb. watercolor paper. I will have […]

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The Seventh Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out—Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Above: the meeting location for the Seventh Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out. If you aren't familiar with the Fairgrounds stop at an information booth, pick up a map and look up U26/27 on the official Fair map. Copy this image to your computer and print it out so you can take it with you as […]

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The Buttons Have Arrived for the Seventh Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out

Left: Pile of buttons for this year's Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out. The artwork is by Ken Avidor, avid State Fair Sketcher and one of the folks responsible for first starting this sketching fun. The Minnesota State Fair is getting close. The Seventh Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out Day is Tuesday, September 1, 2015. (I […]

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Clearing Things Away

Left: 12 x 18 inch loose sheet journal sketch on drawing paper which buckled (hence the shadows in the scan). Sepia Pentel ColorBrush (watersoluble, dye-based ink), black Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (waterproof pigment ink), and watercolor pencil (blue), diluted with 2-inch flat (wide, and on edge). I've been spending some time trying to clear things […]

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Pass the Journal—Strathmore’s Traveling Journals

Above: If you click on the "Pass the Journal Project" link in the first sentence of this post you'll go to a page with the 12 journals listed. If you then click on "PULP" you'll see a map. If you click on the little flag in Minneapolis that I have pointed to with an arrow, […]

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